Step 1: To start, turn the T-shirt inside out. Then, fold a pleat into each side and pin to keep the folds in place.
Step 2: To close up the bottom of the bag, sew a zig-zag stitch along the bottom of the T-shirt. Also, make sure to back-tack on each end. Back-tacking prevents the stitches from unraveling. Most sewing machines have a reverse button that allows you to easily back-tack.
Step 3: For the last step, cut off the sleeves and neck hole to create the straps for the tote. Turn the tote right side out. It’s ready to use!
The great thing about this tote is that it can be made with any sturdy cotton T-shirt and will hold plenty of groceries, picnic items, etc. I was able to add several glass bottles of water, ten to fifteen pieces of fruit, and a blanket, with plenty of room left over (and without straining the handles). Definitely a sturdy, affordable option for an easy tote.
Take it further: You can also dip-dye or stencil your finished tote to personalize it. Or use a decal T-shirt for a little extra personality.